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The Jewiest thing on television this week

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This video is from the latest episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, in which the title character Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) faces off against her childhood nemesis – and opposing counsel in court – Audra Levine (Rachel Grate). It just might be the Jewiest thing on television this week. There’s a shout out to my college fraternity... Read more »

District 211 bigots don't understand compromise, minority rights or the Bible

District 211 bigots don't understand compromise, minority rights or the Bible
Yesterday the District 211 school board approved a settlement with a transgender student that will allow her access to the girls’ locker room. The student agreed to use a private area of the locker room, and the district says the settlement applies only in this case and does not establish a district-wide policy. The school... Read more »

The 2000 Year Old Man: Wise Beyond His Years

The 2000 Year Old Man: Wise Beyond His Years
People like to give advice. Sometimes these words of wisdom are good, sometimes they’re not so good, and sometimes they are just terrible. But the wisest words of all are those which come back to you again time after time after time. You do something, or something happens to you, and there’s that voice from... Read more »
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The Week In Judaism: Interfaith Weddings, Netanyahu, Huckabee and Hatikvah

The Week In Judaism: Interfaith Weddings, Netanyahu, Huckabee and Hatikvah
Here are a few interesting Jewish related stories which I came across last week. Interfaith Weddings On Tablet, Rabbi Adina Lewittes explains why she decided to officiate at interfaith weddings, even though it meant she would have to leave the Conservative Movement in which she has served for almost three decades. Although many Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis... Read more »

Is It Possible To Give Too Much Credit To G-d?

Is It Possible To Give Too Much Credit To G-d?
  Each week, on another blog (www.thetorahinhaiku.com) I post a haiku and a few thoughts about something in the weekly Torah portion.  This week, as I was sharing the post on Facebook, the comment I added was the question that is the title of this post.  The more I looked at it, the more I... Read more »

Would This Be Hitler's Favorite Holocaust Book?

Would This Be Hitler's Favorite Holocaust Book?
Phil Chernofsky has created what might be Adolf Hitler’s favorite Holocaust book. Chernofsky, the educational director the OU (Orthodox Union) Israel Center in Jerusalem, is the “author” of a 1,250-page volume entitled “And Every Single One Was Someone“. Arguably, it’s not really a book, but a work of  art in the form of a book,... Read more »
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NBC Affiliate Airs MD Mall Shooting Witness's Full Name And Cell Phone Number

NBC Affiliate Airs MD Mall Shooting Witness's Full Name And Cell Phone Number
  At just after 1:00 CST, during their coverage of today’s shopping mall shooting, MSNBC aired (what was presumably*) a live feed from WRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Washington DC. A reporter was interviewing a young woman named Lauren. She works at the Columbia Mall and was near the scene of the shooting when she... Read more »

My Favorite Jews Of 2013

<iframe width="480" height="270" src="//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/v7USJs-CfVg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br><b>Bob Dylan</b><br><br> This year, Dylan released the first official video for "Like A Rolling Stone". It's interactive, with 16 channels from which to choose.  Wired Magazine calls it "pretty much the best thing ever".  The video above is just a preview. I can't explain the full video - you have to <a href="http://video.bobdylan.com/desktop.html" target="_blank"> experience it</a>.  Best music video of the year ... Dylan is Jewish ... he makes this list.
Jews are, arguably, history’s most persecuted minority.  We have it good these days, but there’s a reason we joke that most Jewish holidays can be summarized with the phrase, “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.”  Maybe that’s why we seem so obsessed with whether or not newsworthy people – and sometimes fictional... Read more »

Santa Isn't Black - He's Jewish

Santa Isn't Black - He's Jewish
You’ve heard that Aisha Harris at Slate thinks it’s time to stop thinking of Santa as a white man. The idea of a Black Santa so upset Megyn Kelly that she took the time to assure any children watching her Fox “News” show that they need not worry …  Santa Claus is white – and so... Read more »
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Eight Reasons Why Thanksgivukah Is Better Than Chrismukah

Eight Reasons Why Thanksgivukah Is Better Than Chrismukah
  This year, for the first time in over 100 years, Chanukah will start before Thanksgiving . It won’t happen again for more than 77,000 years. That’s right – seventy seven thousand years. The reasons for this are complicated, but if you’re interested, there are many websites where you can find the details. The short... Read more »